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Master of Professional Studies (Research) (MPSR)
  • CRICOS: 096798G

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook

Expand your professional practice with research

Are you a professional wanting to expand you knowledge and impact in the workplace with research? The Master of Professional Studies (Research) is specifically designed for professionals to develop their research skills and gain a postgraduate qualification while working in your current place of employment.

Your research will develop your ability for analytical, critical and creative thinking in workplace applications and your initiative and creativity will be encouraged to engage in issues relevant and meaningful to your professional practice and own experience in workplace challenges. 

It is expected your research will be able to be used to improve one or more aspects of your workplace.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x Core course 2
plus Professional studies research project 8
plus Publishable paper 2
Total 12
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 25680
On-campus AUD 28880

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Admission is by online application and interview
  • 3-year bachelor degree or equivalent plus at least 5 years experience in their field
Applicants with a bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree, may consider applying for admission to the Doctor of Professional Studies program.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - Monday 16 November 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.